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Builders and construction workers at greater risk of skin cancer

With diagnosis rates rising faster than any of the current top ten cancers in the UK, men, particularly those who work outdoors like builders and construction workers are at even greater risk of developing skin cancer.

That’s why this Sun Awareness Week (4-10 May 2015) Macmillan Cancer Support is joining forces with Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland to raise awareness of skin cancer amongst men in the UK.

A YouGov survey commissioned by Macmillan cancer support found that men are more likely to risk skin cancer than women, as they are three times more likely to not wear sun cream, with one in five men stating that they never wear sun cream outdoors during sunny weather in the UK.

The survey also found that 1.2 million men in Great Britain have been sunburnt at work, partly because sunscreen is seen as ‘less manly’ and ‘silly’ to apply.

Macmillan Skin Cancer clinical nurse specialist Carol Goodman said:  “Skin cancer is often overlooked in comparison to other cancers, but the numbers of people being diagnosed have risen fivefold since the 1970s.

“We need to encourage more men to be aware of the signs of symptoms of cancer, so we’re thrilled to have the support from Saint-Gobain to help us reach a particularly hard to reach group about this important issue.”

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